U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and three Congressional staff members visited Colorado Northwestern Community College – Rangely Campus and local airport on February 13 to learn more about the college’s aviation programs and their potential for expansion. Across the nation, the aviation industry is facing a pilot and aviation technician shortage – a shortage that CNCC helps to fill with their Aviation Technology Flight and Aviation Maintenance Technology programs.
CCCS leadership, college administration, instructors, and students joined Senator Bennet in discussions about the unique opportunity CNCC provides in training future pilots at an affordable cost. CNCC’s aviation program maintains their own planes and partners with Rio Blanco County for the usage of their airport facilities, making the program less expensive than any other flight program in the country. CNCC operates in an area with unrestricted air space giving students more flight time, more affordable options for graduation, as well as assists students in finding positions for employment within the industry once they graduate.
“We appreciate that Senator Bennet took time out of his busy schedule to visit Rangely and Northwest Colorado,” said CNCC President Ronald Granger when speaking about the visit. “We feel that he sees Rangely as a place where aviation can thrive. His visit here shows how much interest he has in this part of the state and the potential for job growth in high-demand industries.”